Musicians who look good, as well as sound good

Fashion, Music

Before the days of stylists and Heat magazine, style was (arguably) better in my opinion. Nowadays everything appears so over thought and staged. Musicians, not generic pop stars, but people in bands/solo artists who write their own songs, aren’t the main stream style icons anymore. They might be for some of us, but the media prefers to fixate itself on reality TV stars and X Factor presenters these days. We care more about what Cheryl Cole might be wearing than her music, but you can guarantee she didn’t pick the dress or write much of the song she’s singing. Everything is over done, with too many people working on something it then becomes trivial and meaningless because really there is no meaning behind it, it is essentially a lie. Everyone is told what to say and do by PR people, so they can relate to the public they want to relate to. Was it really very different back in the days of Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix?

” Keith Richards was Keith Richards, when he was on or offstage — he was exactly the same, the cool, outlaw look.These people didn’t have stylists. They had style. Janis Joplin had style. Patti Smith had no money, so she had to put a look together. Patti loved to talk about clothes. Because she was so, so-called androgynous, or was trying to look like Bob Dylan in his Don’t Look Back phase or Keith Richards, people didn’t realize that Patti was a girl and she knew about Balenciaga and she knew about Yves Saint Laurent and she wanted a mink coat.”

Lisa Robinson, music journalist. http://nymag.com/thecut/2014/04/qa-talking-70s-rock-style-with-lisa-robinson.html

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Robert Plant, Lisa Robinson and Patti Smith’s guitarist Lenny Kaye

The fact is, most musicians didn’t have stylists back in the 60’s and 70’s. There was Vivienne Westwood who has been since regarded as the Sex Pistols stylist, but it is not the same in comparison to the media moguls of today. She was doing something different, creating a fashion movement, not tailoring the band to appeal to a mainstream market and make lots of money. I’m sure they wanted to make money, but it wasn’t an identity mask to appeal to anyone, they were being themselves.

I love the way Jimi Hendrix dressed. He is still regarded as a fashion icon, and he was a man that did it all himself. As soon as he was paid when starting out as a musician, he went shopping in vintage clothing stores, hunting for unique pieces such as army uniforms and medallions. Everything he chose and put together was his own idea, he created his image and it was authentic.

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Jimi Hendrix in his ‘technicolor dream coat’

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 Musicians are creative and so naturally many of them would possess style. Why employ somebody to make you dress the same as everybody else?

The vintage thing has become really really popular over the last ten years, so you’re lucky if you can still find vintage clothes at bargain prices. Most vintage retailers and charity shops know they can charge a fair amount for them.

The bands of today should ditch the stylist, but don’t disregard how important image is. It is important. I know fashion is often seen as vain and tedious , but it isn’t if you’re creative with it, it’s just another form of expression. These days I’m not sure who has a stylist and who doesn’t. Musicians like Jack White and Arctic Monkeys may have stylists on some photo shoots but I would hope that they put together their over all image themselves. Or is it just impossible not to have stylist when your a musician these days?

Musicians that I like the look of:

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Siouxie Sioux

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David Bowie

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Jack White

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The Strokes

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Shirley Manson

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Kurt Cobain

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In with the new

Fashion, My photography

Hello again. I am so jealous of everyone going to Glastonbury! I could not stop setting myself up for disappointment this year where Glastonbury tickets were concerned. Firstly I tried to get one when they first went on sale, ignoring the fact our internet connection in Southampton was the slowest ever. I didn’t get a ticket. That was bad enough, but then I decided I was going to give it a shot at the resale. That might have been fine but I quickly realised I couldn’t afford it and sort of half tried to get one, knowing that if I did I would be EXTREMELY poor. I didn’t get one again… which I was sort of glad about. After that I entered a couple of competitions…. it didn’t happen.

Oh well!

I’ve just spent the last of those Topshop vouchers finally 🙂

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Earring’s from Topshop sale!

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Lipstick from Topshop in Rockabilly

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Nail varnish Hed Kandi Ibiza mix from Models Own.

I’ve just moved out properly from my house in Southampton. This means I have a ton of crap that I don’t know whether I want or not lying around my room. Still, it’s looking a lot better than it did after I had a little revamp.

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… and here’s my cat looking cute 

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Polka dot shirts make things better

Fashion, My photography

So the weather has actually been okay! It’s been pretty hot in Bristol today.

My Mum and Dad have left me and my sister for Portugal this week. Yes, I am jealous. At least it isn’t raining here though, although Portugal is meant to be about 30 degrees. English summer will always be average compared to the rest of Europe (and most of the world)…. but I really don’t mind, just as long as it doesn’t rain!

Anyway, enough weather talk. My parents also gave me some Topshop vouchers as a finishing university present. Yay! For me this is the perfect present because I actually won’t be able to afford to buy clothes for myself for a very long time. I have so many things I have to save up for and I haven’t even got a job yet! Okay, I say this but I usually just buy clothes anyway even though I shouldn’t, don’t we all? So, today I went in to town and spent almost all of it.

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Polka dot shirt and white lace T-shirt both Topshop, sandals from Office at Topshop

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I love this shirt!!! I’m so pleased with my purchases.

Until next time 🙂

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My day at London Fashion Week!

Fashion, Fashion photography, My photography

Hello and thank you to everyone who’s been reading my blog over the last month or so, I have been pretty busy. A lot has been happening, as it’s the last month till a begin my final year of uni! Now I only have a weekend and then uni on Monday!! I’m actually pretty excited…

Last week I got given an amazing opportunity to take photographs at London fashion week. This was given to me by my university as part of a competition for Canon. I was extremely nervous on the few days leading up to it but the day went really well, however I was very tired… I woke up at 5 in the morning! We basically shot two shows, one which showcased up and coming trends for Autumn/Winter and another for Issa London. It was so fun, something I would definitely be interested in doing again.

Here are some of the photographs I took for the trends show.

 

And here are the photographs from the Issa London show!

… and those were just my favorites. I did take quite a few images.

I really liked the clothes for the Issa show, especially the turquoise dresses at the end, the print is gorgeous! The metallic trend is definitely in this coming winter.

Hope you like the photographs and please don’t hesitate to comment on the post! Soon I will be doing a lot more editorial work as I will be back at uni so i’ll be posting  a lot more of my own photography.

Thanks for reading 🙂

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Style inspo, Lana Del Rey and Inez and Vinoodh

Fashion photography

Yet another post I am doing in the middle of the night. I have always found it easier to get inspired in the evenings 🙂

Just thought I would show you some of the things a bought this week. I didn’t spend a crazy amount, and I think I did quite well! I always forget how good H&M is, and how affordable the clothes normally are.

Shoes £40 from Urban Outfitters, Skirt £14.99 from H&M and T-shirt £7 also from H&M

Yes! The shoes I posted about previously were £40, reduced from £119. I went to the Urban Outfitters in Bristol, completely forgot about the shoes because I decided I was never going to find them cheap enough. How happy was I to find them in a size 6 (last ones left!) and not £70 but now £40!? It was definitely meant to be. I am however a size 5, but they fit well enough.

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Have you seen the Lana Del Rey for H&M adverts? The angora jumpers look so lovely…

She is beautiful. The photographs are shot by Inez and Vinoodh, a male and female duo from Amsterdam. The pair have been shooting together for almost two decades and have shot campaigns for Balmain, Chloe, Dior, Gucci and many many more. They recently shot one of the five videos for Lady Gaga’s single ‘ You and I‘.

Here are some more amazing photographs they have taken…

Love the mixture of drawings and photography

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Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger

There are so many more, go and check out their website http://inezandvinoodh.com

I’m off to get some sleep, hope you enjoyed reading this post!

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New beginnings!

Fashion

Again, I have left later than I should to post since the last. I really enjoy blogging and hope to make it a much more consistent and regular pastime of mine now!

It’s only 4 weeks until I go back to uni now. I’m looking forward to it and also slightly dreading it… I think i’m probably the only one ha. It will be good to feel like i’m working towards something I love again, instead of putting in a load of hours every week at Primark. One thing that will be amazing this month is my paycheck! I’ll finally be able to afford clothes!!!! Here are some of the websites I’ve been stalking whilst eagerly awaiting payment.

Wulfrun Wedge Tan Leopard

These are from http://www.underground-cybershop.co.uk/ and I think they are awesome. They are a wopping £119 which is slightly expensive for me… although Urban Outfitters were doing them for £70 but only in a size 7 which I am unfortunately not. This site has a range of really cool Creepers, winkle pickers (not so much my thing) and Dr Marten type boots. I really like the Dr Marten ones as well especially these…

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Another site I can’t get enough of is http://www.romwe.com/. Literally, this site is a godsend! It does free shipping worldwide and the clothes aren’t even expensive. It’s really good for leggings, here are a few of my faves…

They also have all the galaxy print ones and a lightening bolt pair which I want to get.

Multi Point Spike Headband

This headband caught my eye as well, these are all over tumblr and lookbook. Honestly, go and look at the site and I guarantee you WILL want to buy all of it.

http://www.urbanoutfitters.co.uk is also looking good as always. This bag in particular looks like something I might desperately need soon…

Apparently ‘Ellie Goulding loves!’…

This dress is way to expensive but if you want it get it from Urban Outfitters not Asos because Urban Outfitters do it cheaper. I may have to just treat myself to it.

So there are just some of the things I might be buying soon. Knowing me I’ll probably forget about them and see something else and buy that instead! I’m no good with planning anything. I hope I don’t forget about them though.

Here are some Tumblr images that have inspired me recently! My page is http://hoyhoygirl.tumblr.com/ enjoy 🙂

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Thank you for reading

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A quick post, involving some nice shoes

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I recently bought these amazing platform wedges from Office for £25… bargain. I saw them a couple of days before I bought them, and decided against it because i’m actually not a huge heel person anyway and these are very high. But ever since I left the shop I couldn’t stop thinking about them, so this resulted in me running into to the shop before work the next day. I’m so glad I got them because they are so comfortable and make me so much taller and long legged (deceivingly).

Another fashion lust of mine ( but not so easy to get hold of) is something/anything from Christopher Kane’s 2011 resort line. The galaxy print is popular still and ebay is full of listings similar to it or actually from it. I have been desperately trawling ebay daily to find something I can actually afford, but they all end up going for way to much…. than I can afford. Here’s some galaxy print lusting for you…

Christopher Kane Resort 2011

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Above Christopher Kane resort wear 2011

I also need some new lipstick… what colour to get?

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